How often does the chemical fume hood in my laboratory need to be tested?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:29 am

All chemical fume hoods must be tested annually. At the time of testing, a label is placed on the chemical fume hood indicating the day in which it was last tested as well as the date in which testing is required. Contact EHS if your chemical fume hood is in need of testing.

Can I use my chemical fume hood that is not operating properly?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:28 am

No, as laboratory personnel who use a chemical fume hood that operates outside the range of 80 to 120 fpm at a sash height of 18 inches (marked by maximum sash height sticker) may be exposed to harmful chemical vapors. Contact EHS and do not use the chemical fume hood until it has been repaired.

How often is the emergency shower and the eyewash in my laboratory tested?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:28 am

EHS tests showers and eyewashes every six months in laboratory areas to certify that water pressure and flow rate are within acceptable parameters. In addition, departments are required to flush safety showers and eyewashes every two weeks to ensure that there is a flushing fluid supply at the head of the device and to clear […]

What containers are appropriate for hazardous waste and where do I get these containers?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:27 am

All hazardous waste containers must be compatible with the materials they are intended to store, must have a cap or lid that is able to be tightly sealed, and must be labeled with the complete chemical name and the words “Hazardous Waste.” Do not use food containers, pharmaceutical containers, flasks, bins, or other open top […]

How do I dispose of hazardous chemical waste?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:26 am

Select a waste container that has a tight fitting screw cap or lid, and is compatible with the waste it will contain. If you do not have the correct waste container, contact EHS for assistance. Label the container with a Hazardous Waste Label. Include the complete chemical name of the waste. Do not use abbreviations, trade […]